Former seven-time Grand Slam champion Mats Wilander thinks a well-prepared Novak Djokovic will definitely have a strong chance of defending his French Open title. Djokovic, ranked at No. 1 in the world, has only played one tournament so far this season.
However, Djokovic shouldn't have problems playing in Europe as he is expected to be allowed to play the Monte Carlo Masters and French Open. France recently lifted its vaccine mandate but Djokovic's participation at the Masters events in Madrid and Rome remains a mistery.
"Of course he would have liked to play more matches, but if he plays three more tournaments and maybe ten to 15 matches, then he's probably the favorite in Paris," Wilander told Eurosport: "But he'll need a bit of self-confidence in the run-up to the French Open."
Djokovic didn't get a chance to play the Australian Open
What happened in Australia is well-documented and recently former world No. 1 Jim Courier gave his thoughts on the Djokovic Australia visa debacle. "It didn't work in Australia.
What happened in Australia screams of a political move by people looking for publicity," Courier said. "I don't think he should have even tried to get there, it became a mess." Even though Djokovic was deported and banned from competing at the Australian Open, he refused to speak negatively of the tournament.
“I will always remember all the nice things that happened for me in Melbourne. I had a lot of professional and personal beautiful moments there. Despite all this, I have a great connection with Australia. Results that I had in Melbourne show you how I feel when I go there," Djokovic said.
“Everything that has happened this year was totally unexpected. It will be hard to forget, but I want to come back to Australia in the future and to play on Rod Laver Arena again”.